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Psalm 37:39

February 26, 2015 Leave a comment

The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; he is their refuge in the time of trouble (NRSV).

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Asaph

October 14, 2014 Leave a comment

Asaph is one of the musicians highlighted in the Old Testament.

He gets credit as the author of Psalm 78.

The term “maskil” is explained in great detail here.

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Psalm 78

October 13, 2014 Leave a comment

A Maskil of Asaph.

Give ear, O my people, to my teaching;
    incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
I will open my mouth in a parable;
    I will utter dark sayings from of old,
things that we have heard and known,
    that our ancestors have told us.
We will not hide them from their children;
    we will tell to the coming generation
the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might,
    and the wonders that he has done.

He established a decree in Jacob,
    and appointed a law in Israel,
which he commanded our ancestors
    to teach to their children;
that the next generation might know them,
    the children yet unborn,
and rise up and tell them to their children,
    so that they should set their hope in God,
and not forget the works of God,
    but keep his commandments;
and that they should not be like their ancestors,
    a stubborn and rebellious generation,
a generation whose heart was not steadfast,
    whose spirit was not faithful to God.

The Ephraimites, armed with the bow,
    turned back on the day of battle.
They did not keep God’s covenant,
    but refused to walk according to his law.
They forgot what he had done,
    and the miracles that he had shown them.
In the sight of their ancestors he worked marvels
    in the land of Egypt, in the fields of Zoan.
He divided the sea and let them pass through it,
    and made the waters stand like a heap.
In the daytime he led them with a cloud,
    and all night long with a fiery light.
He split rocks open in the wilderness,
    and gave them drink abundantly as from the deep.
He made streams come out of the rock,
    and caused waters to flow down like rivers.

Yet they sinned still more against him,
    rebelling against the Most High in the desert.
They tested God in their heart
    by demanding the food they craved.
They spoke against God, saying,
    “Can God spread a table in the wilderness?
Even though he struck the rock so that water gushed out
    and torrents overflowed,
can he also give bread,
    or provide meat for his people?”

Therefore, when the Lord heard, he was full of rage;
    a fire was kindled against Jacob,
    his anger mounted against Israel,
because they had no faith in God,
    and did not trust his saving power.
Yet he commanded the skies above,
    and opened the doors of heaven;
he rained down on them manna to eat,
    and gave them the grain of heaven.
Mortals ate of the bread of angels;
    he sent them food in abundance.
He caused the east wind to blow in the heavens,
    and by his power he led out the south wind;
he rained flesh upon them like dust,
    winged birds like the sand of the seas;
he let them fall within their camp,
    all around their dwellings.
And they ate and were well filled,
    for he gave them what they craved.
But before they had satisfied their craving,
    while the food was still in their mouths,
the anger of God rose against them
    and he killed the strongest of them,
    and laid low the flower of Israel.

In spite of all this they still sinned;
    they did not believe in his wonders.
So he made their days vanish like a breath,
    and their years in terror.
When he killed them, they sought for him;
    they repented and sought God earnestly.
They remembered that God was their rock,
    the Most High God their redeemer.
But they flattered him with their mouths;
    they lied to him with their tongues.
Their heart was not steadfast toward him;
    they were not true to his covenant.
Yet he, being compassionate,
    forgave their iniquity,
    and did not destroy them;
often he restrained his anger,
    and did not stir up all his wrath.
He remembered that they were but flesh,
    a wind that passes and does not come again.
How often they rebelled against him in the wilderness
    and grieved him in the desert!
They tested God again and again,
    and provoked the Holy One of Israel.
They did not keep in mind his power,
    or the day when he redeemed them from the foe;
when he displayed his signs in Egypt,
    and his miracles in the fields of Zoan.
He turned their rivers to blood,
    so that they could not drink of their streams.
He sent among them swarms of flies, which devoured them,
    and frogs, which destroyed them.
He gave their crops to the caterpillar,
    and the fruit of their labor to the locust.
He destroyed their vines with hail,
    and their sycamores with frost.
He gave over their cattle to the hail,
    and their flocks to thunderbolts.
He let loose on them his fierce anger,
    wrath, indignation, and distress,
    a company of destroying angels.
He made a path for his anger;
    he did not spare them from death,
    but gave their lives over to the plague.
He struck all the firstborn in Egypt,
    the first issue of their strength in the tents of Ham.
Then he led out his people like sheep,
    and guided them in the wilderness like a flock.
He led them in safety, so that they were not afraid;
    but the sea overwhelmed their enemies.
And he brought them to his holy hill,
    to the mountain that his right hand had won.
He drove out nations before them;
    he apportioned them for a possession
    and settled the tribes of Israel in their tents.

Yet they tested the Most High God,
    and rebelled against him.
    They did not observe his decrees,
but turned away and were faithless like their ancestors;
    they twisted like a treacherous bow.
For they provoked him to anger with their high places;
    they moved him to jealousy with their idols.
When God heard, he was full of wrath,
    and he utterly rejected Israel.
He abandoned his dwelling at Shiloh,
    the tent where he dwelt among mortals,
and delivered his power to captivity,
    his glory to the hand of the foe.
He gave his people to the sword,
    and vented his wrath on his heritage.
Fire devoured their young men,
    and their girls had no marriage song.
Their priests fell by the sword,
    and their widows made no lamentation.
Then the Lord awoke as from sleep,
    like a warrior shouting because of wine.
He put his adversaries to rout;
    he put them to everlasting disgrace.

He rejected the tent of Joseph,
    he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim;
but he chose the tribe of Judah,
    Mount Zion, which he loves.
He built his sanctuary like the high heavens,
    like the earth, which he has founded forever.
He chose his servant David,
    and took him from the sheepfolds;
from tending the nursing ewes he brought him
    to be the shepherd of his people Jacob,
    of Israel, his inheritance.
With upright heart he tended them,
    and guided them with skillful hand (NRSV).

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Psalm 75:4

September 19, 2014 Leave a comment

“I discipline the arrogant by telling them, ‘No more bragging.’
    I discipline the wicked by saying, ‘Do not raise your horn to demonstrate your power.

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Psalm 37

A song of David.

Don’t get upset about evil people.
    Don’t be jealous of those who do wrong.
They are like grass and other green plants
    that dry up quickly and then die.
So trust in the Lord and do good.
    Live on your land and be dependable.
Enjoy serving the Lord,
    and he will give you whatever you ask for.
Depend on the Lord.
    Trust in him, and he will help you.
He will make it as clear as day that you are right.
    Everyone will see that you are being fair.
Trust in the Lord and wait quietly for his help.
    Don’t be angry when people make evil plans and succeed.
Don’t become so angry and upset that you, too, want to do evil.
The wicked will be destroyed,
    but those who call to the Lord for help will get the land he promised.
In a short time there will be no more evil people.
    You can look for them all you want, but they will be gone.
Humble people will get the land God promised,
    and they will enjoy peace.

The wicked plan bad things for those who are good.
    They show their teeth in anger at them.
But our Lord will laugh at them.
    He will make sure they get what they deserve.
The wicked draw their swords to kill the poor and the helpless.
    They aim their arrows to murder all who live right.
But their bows will break,
    and their swords will pierce their own hearts.
A few good people are better
    than a large crowd of those who are evil.
The wicked will be destroyed,
    but the Lord cares for those who are good.
The Lord protects pure people all their life.
    Their reward will continue forever.
When trouble comes,
    good people will not be destroyed.
When times of hunger come,
    good people will have plenty to eat.
But evil people are the Lord’s enemies,
    and they will be destroyed.
Their valleys will dry up and burn.
    They will be destroyed completely.
The wicked borrow money and never pay it back.
    But good people are kind and generous.
Everyone the Lord blesses will get the land he promised.
    Everyone he curses will be destroyed.
The Lord shows us how we should live,
    and he is pleased when he sees people living that way.
If they stumble, they will not fall,
    because the Lord reaches out to steady them.
I was young, and now I am old,
    but I have never seen good people left with no one to help them;
    I have never seen their children begging for food.
They are kind and generous,
    and their children are a blessing.
Stop doing anything evil and do good,
    and you will always have a place to live.
The Lord loves what is right,
    and he will never leave his followers without help.
He will always protect them,
    but he will destroy the families of the wicked.
Good people will get the land God promised
    and will live on it forever.
Those who do what is right give good advice.
    Their decisions are always fair.
They have learned God’s teachings,
    and they will never stop living right.

The wicked are always looking for ways to kill good people.
But the Lord will not let the wicked defeat them.
    He will not let good people be judged guilty.
Do what the Lord says, and wait for his help.
    He will reward you and give you the land he promised.
    You will see the wicked being forced to leave.

I once saw a wicked man who was powerful.
    He was like a strong, healthy tree.
But then he was gone.
    I looked for him, but I could not find him.
Be pure and honest.
    Peace loving people will have many descendants.
But those who break the law will be destroyed completely.
    And their descendants will be forced to leave the land.
The Lord saves those who are good.
    When they have troubles, he is their strength.
The Lord helps good people and rescues them.
    They depend on him, so he rescues them from the wicked (ERV).

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Psalm 37

Of David.

Fret not yourself because of evildoers;
    be not envious of wrongdoers!
For they will soon fade like the grass
    and wither like the green herb.

Trust in the Lord, and do good;
    dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
Delight yourself in the Lord,
    and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord;
    trust in him, and he will act.
He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,
    and your justice as the noonday.

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;
    fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way,
    over the man who carries out evil devices!

Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath!
    Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.
For the evildoers shall be cut off,
    but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.

In just a little while, the wicked will be no more;
    though you look carefully at his place, he will not be there.
But the meek shall inherit the land
    and delight themselves in abundant peace.

The wicked plots against the righteous
    and gnashes his teeth at him,
but the Lord laughs at the wicked,
    for he sees that his day is coming.

The wicked draw the sword and bend their bows
    to bring down the poor and needy,
    to slay those whose way is upright;
their sword shall enter their own heart,
    and their bows shall be broken.

Better is the little that the righteous has
    than the abundance of many wicked.
For the arms of the wicked shall be broken,
    but the Lord upholds the righteous.

The Lord knows the days of the blameless,
    and their heritage will remain forever;
they are not put to shame in evil times;
    in the days of famine they have abundance.

But the wicked will perish;
    the enemies of the Lord are like the glory of the pastures;
    they vanish—like smoke they vanish away.

The wicked borrows but does not pay back,
    but the righteous is generous and gives;
for those blessed by the Lord shall inherit the land,
    but those cursed by him shall be cut off.

The steps of a man are established by the Lord,
    when he delights in his way;
though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong,
    for the Lord upholds his hand.

I have been young, and now am old,
    yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken
    or his children begging for bread.
He is ever lending generously,
    and his children become a blessing.

Turn away from evil and do good;
    so shall you dwell forever.
For the Lord loves justice;
    he will not forsake his saints.
They are preserved forever,
    but the children of the wicked shall be cut off.
The righteous shall inherit the land
    and dwell upon it forever.

The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom,
    and his tongue speaks justice.
The law of his God is in his heart;
    his steps do not slip.

The wicked watches for the righteous
    and seeks to put him to death.
The Lord will not abandon him to his power
    or let him be condemned when he is brought to trial.

Wait for the Lord and keep his way,
    and he will exalt you to inherit the land;
    you will look on when the wicked are cut off.

I have seen a wicked, ruthless man,
    spreading himself like a green laurel tree.
But he passed away, and behold, he was no more;
    though I sought him, he could not be found.

Mark the blameless and behold the upright,
    for there is a future for the man of peace.
But transgressors shall be altogether destroyed;
    the future of the wicked shall be cut off.

The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord;
    he is their stronghold in the time of trouble.
The Lord helps them and delivers them;
    he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
    because they take refuge in him (ESV).

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Psalm 37

By David:

Don’t be upset by evildoers
or envious of those who do wrong,
for soon they will wither like grass
and fade like the green in the fields.
Trust in Adonai, and do good;
settle in the land, and feed on faithfulness.
Then you will delight yourself in Adonai,
and he will give you your heart’s desire.

Commit your way to Adonai;
trust in him, and he will act.
He will make your vindication shine forth like light,
the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.

Be still before Adonai;
wait patiently till he comes.
Don’t be upset by those whose way
succeeds because of their wicked plans.
Stop being angry, put aside rage,
and don’t be upset — it leads to evil.

For evildoers will be cut off,
but those hoping in Adonai will inherit the land.
Soon the wicked will be no more;
you will look for his place, and he won’t be there.
But the meek will inherit the land
and delight themselves in abundant peace.

The wicked plots against the righteous
and grinds his teeth at him;
but Adonai laughs at the wicked,
knowing his day will come.
The wicked have unsheathed their swords,
they have strung their bows
to bring down the poor and needy,
to slaughter those whose way is upright.
But their swords will pierce their own hearts,
and their bows will be broken.

Better the little that the righteous has
than the wealth of all the wicked.
For the arms of the wicked will be broken,
but Adonai upholds the righteous.
Adonai knows what the wholehearted suffer,
but their inheritance lasts forever.
They will not be distressed when times are hard;
when famine comes, they will have plenty.

For the wicked will perish;
Adonai’s enemies will be like sheep fat,
ending up as smoke, finished.
The wicked borrows and doesn’t repay,
but the righteous is generous and gives.
For those blessed by [Adonai] will inherit the land,
but those cursed by him will be cut off.

Adonai directs a person’s steps,
and he delights in his way.
He may stumble, but he won’t fall headlong,
for Adonai holds him by the hand.

I have been young; now I am old;
yet not once have I seen the righteous abandoned
or his descendants begging for bread.
All day long he is generous and lends,
and his descendants are blessed.

If you turn from evil and do good,
you will live safely forever.
For Adonai loves justice
and will not abandon his faithful;
they are preserved forever.
But the descendants of the wicked will be cut off.

The righteous will inherit the land
and live in it forever.
The mouth of the righteous articulates wisdom,
his tongue speaks justice.
The Torah of his God is in his heart;
his footsteps do not falter.

The wicked keeps his eye on the righteous,
seeking a chance to kill him.
But Adonai will not leave him in his power
or let him be condemned when judged.
Put your hope in Adonai, keep to his way,
and he will raise you up to inherit the land.

When the wicked are cut off, you will see it.
I have seen a wicked man wielding great power,
flourishing like a shade tree in its native soil.
But I passed by again, and he was no longer there;
I looked for him, but he could not be found.

Observe the pure person, consider the upright;
for the peaceful person will have posterity.
But transgressors will all be destroyed;
the posterity of the wicked will be cut off.
Adonai is the one who saves the righteous;
he is their stronghold in time of trouble.
Adonai helps them and rescues them,
rescues them from the wicked and saves them;
because they take refuge in him (CJB).

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Psalm 37

A psalm of David.

Don’t be upset because of sinful people.
    Don’t be jealous of those who do wrong.
Like grass, they will soon dry up.
    Like green plants, they will soon die.

Trust in the Lord and do good.
    Then you will live in the land and enjoy its food.
Find your delight in the Lord.
    Then he will give you everything your heart really wants.

Commit your life to the Lord.
    Here is what he will do if you trust in him.
He will make your godly ways shine like the dawn.
    He will make your honest life shine like the sun at noon.

Be still. Be patient. Wait for the Lord to act.
    Don’t be upset when other people succeed.
    Don’t be upset when they carry out their evil plans.

Keep from being angry. Turn away from anger.
    Don’t be upset. That only leads to evil.
Sinful people will be cut off from the land.
    But it will be given to those who put their hope in the Lord.

In a little while, there won’t be any more sinners.
    Even if you look for them, you won’t be able to find them.
But those who are free of pride will be given the land.
    They will enjoy great peace.

Sinful people make plans to harm those who do what is right.
    They grind their teeth at them.
But the Lord laughs at those who do evil.
    He knows the day is coming when he will judge them.

Sinners pull out their swords.
    They bend their bows.
They want to kill poor and needy people.
    They plan to murder those who lead honest lives.
But they will be killed with their own swords.
    Their own bows will be broken.

Those who do what is right may have very little.
    But it’s better than the wealth of many sinners.
The power of those who are evil will be broken.
    But the Lord takes good care of those who do what is right.

Every day the Lord watches over those who are without blame.
    What he has given them will last forever.
When trouble comes to them, they will have what they need.
    When there is little food in the land, they will still have plenty.

But sinful people will die.
    The Lord’s enemies will be like flowers in the field.
    They will disappear like smoke.

Sinful people borrow and don’t pay back.
    But those who are godly give freely to others.
The Lord will give the land to those he blesses.
    But he will cut off those he puts a curse on.

If the Lord is pleased with the way a man lives,
    he makes his steps secure.
Even if the man trips, he won’t fall.
    The Lord’s hand takes good care of him.

I once was young, and now I’m old.
    But I’ve never seen godly people deserted.
    I’ve never seen their children begging for bread.
The godly are always giving and lending freely.
    Their children will be blessed.

Turn away from evil and do good.
    Then you will live in the land forever.
The Lord loves those who are honest.
    He will not desert those who are faithful to him.

They will be kept safe forever.
    But the children of sinners will be cut off from the land.
Those who do what is right will be given the land.
    They will live in it forever.

The mouths of those who do what is right speak words of wisdom.
    They say what is honest.
God’s law is in their hearts.
    Their feet do not slip.

Those who are evil hide and wait for godly people.
    They are trying to kill them.
But the Lord will not leave the godly in their power.
    He will not let them be found guilty when they are brought into court.

Wait for the Lord to act.
    Live as he wants you to.
He will honor you by giving you the land.
    When sinners are cut off from it, you will see it.

I saw a mean and sinful person.
    He was doing well, like a green tree in its own soil.
But he soon passed away and was gone.
    Even though I looked for him, I couldn’t find him.

Think about those who are without blame. Look at those who are honest.
    A man who loves peace will have a tomorrow.
But all sinners will be destroyed.
    Those who are evil won’t have a tomorrow.
    They will be cut off from the land.

The Lord saves those who do what is right.
    He is their place of safety when trouble comes.
The Lord helps them and saves them.
    He saves them from sinful people
    because they go to him for safety (NIrV).

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Psalm 37

A song of David.

Don’t be worried with evil workers
    or envy the gains of people with all-wrong-upside-down ways.
Soon enough they will wither like grass,
    like green herbs fading in summer’s heat.

Believe in the Eternal, and do what is good—
    live in the land He provides; roam, and rest in God’s faithfulness.
Take great joy in the Eternal!
    His gifts are coming, and they are all your heart desires!

Commit your path to the Eternal; let Him direct you.
    Put your confidence in Him, and He will follow through with you.
He will spread out righteousness for you
    as a sunrise spreads radiance over the land;
    He will deliver justice for you into the light of the high sun.

Be still. Be patient. Expect the Eternal to arrive and set things right.
    Don’t get upset when you see the worldly ones rising up the ladder.
    Don’t be bothered by those who are anchored in wicked ways.

So turn from anger. Don’t rage,
    and don’t worry—these ways frame the doorway to evil.
Besides, those who act from evil motives will be cut off from the land;
    but those who wait, hoping in the Eternal, will enjoy its riches.

You’ll see . . . the wicked won’t know what hit them;
    you’ll blink, and they’ll be gone;
    you’ll go out looking for them, but you won’t find them.
But the humble-hearted will inherit the land;
    they will take pleasure in its peace and enjoy its abundance.

How that wicked man devises evil against God’s righteous ones!
    He grits his teeth, consumed by hate for the upright.
But oh, how the Lord laughs at him!
    He knows the wicked man will get his; the day is coming.

The wicked unsheathe their swords, pull taut their bows;
    the poor and needy are their victims,
    and evil is on the prowl to kill those with integrity, God’s beloved.
But their swords will bend back to pierce their own hearts—
    yes, their bows will snap in two.

The righteous are better off with the little God blessed them with
    than living under the curse of the wealth of the wicked.
Their time is short, their arms will be broken,
    but the Eternal will hold His righteous children high.

All their days are measured and known by the Eternal;
    their inheritance is kept safe forever.
When calamity comes, they will escape with their dignity.
    When famine invades the nations, they will be fed to their fill.

But immoral ones will find their lives cut short;
    they’ll vanish as quickly as wildflowers in the fields.
Yes, enemies of the Eternal will vanish
    like smoke into the cool night air.

Evil people borrow and never repay their debts,
    while the good give generously from their hearts.
For God’s blessed children will inherit the land,
    but those cursed by Him stand to gain nothing.

If you are right with God, He strengthens you for the journey;
    the Eternal will be pleased with your life.
And even though you trip up, you will not fall on your face
    because He holds you by the hand.

Through my whole life (young and old),
    I have never witnessed God forsaking those who do right,
    nor have I seen their children begging for crumbs,
Because they are always giving and sharing;
    truly, their children are a joyful blessing.

Walk away from evil. Do good
    so you, too, will enjoy never-ending life
Because the Eternal cherishes justice
    and will not abandon those loyal to Him.

He will guard and care for them forever,
    but any child born of evil will be rooted out, cut down, and destroyed.
Those leading God-pleasing lives will inherit His land
    and settle there forever.

Wisdom fills the mouth of the right-living;
    justice and truth roll from their tongues.
The True God’s law is imprinted upon their hearts,
    and they do not stumble.

The wicked stalk God’s good ones,
    looking to kill them,
But the Eternal will never leave them to the dogs of evil,
    nor will they be found guilty when the verdict is read.

Wait for the Eternal. Keep to His path. Mind His will.
    He will come for you, exalt you; you will inherit the land.
    Before your very eyes you will see the end of the wicked.

I passed by a wicked man with a cold-blooded nature;
    I looked, and he seemed as large as a cedar of Lebanon.
But then again, I passed that same way and there was nothing left of him.
    I went out looking for him, but he was nowhere to be found.

Keep your eye on the innocent. Model your life after the blameless.
    Everyone who loves peace has a future.
But sinners will be doomed.
    The forecast for the wicked: utter destruction.
    There will be none left, not one child of darkness.

The Eternal saves His faithful;
    He lends His strength in hard times;
The Eternal comes and frees them—
    frees them from evildoers and saves them for eternity
    simply because they seek shelter in Him (The Voice).

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Psalm 37

Of David.

Do not fret because of the wicked;
    do not be envious of wrongdoers,
for they will soon fade like the grass,
    and wither like the green herb.

Trust in the Lord, and do good;
    so you will live in the land, and enjoy security.
Take delight in the Lord,
    and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord;
    trust in him, and he will act.
He will make your vindication shine like the light,
    and the justice of your cause like the noonday.

Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him;
    do not fret over those who prosper in their way,
    over those who carry out evil devices.

Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath.
    Do not fret—it leads only to evil.
For the wicked shall be cut off,
    but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.

Yet a little while, and the wicked will be no more;
    though you look diligently for their place, they will not be there.
But the meek shall inherit the land,
    and delight themselves in abundant prosperity.

The wicked plot against the righteous,
    and gnash their teeth at them;
but the Lord laughs at the wicked,
    for he sees that their day is coming.

The wicked draw the sword and bend their bows
    to bring down the poor and needy,
    to kill those who walk uprightly;
their sword shall enter their own heart,
    and their bows shall be broken.

Better is a little that the righteous person has
    than the abundance of many wicked.
For the arms of the wicked shall be broken,
    but the Lord upholds the righteous.

The Lord knows the days of the blameless,
    and their heritage will abide forever;
they are not put to shame in evil times,
    in the days of famine they have abundance.

But the wicked perish,
    and the enemies of the Lord are like the glory of the pastures;
    they vanish—like smoke they vanish away.

The wicked borrow, and do not pay back,
    but the righteous are generous and keep giving;
for those blessed by the Lord shall inherit the land,
    but those cursed by him shall be cut off.

Our steps are made firm by the Lord,
    when he delights in our way;
though we stumble, we shall not fall headlong,
    for the Lord holds us by the hand.

I have been young, and now am old,
    yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken
    or their children begging bread.
They are ever giving liberally and lending,
    and their children become a blessing.

Depart from evil, and do good;
    so you shall abide forever.
For the Lord loves justice;
    he will not forsake his faithful ones.

The righteous shall be kept safe forever,
    but the children of the wicked shall be cut off.
The righteous shall inherit the land,
    and live in it forever.

The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom,
    and their tongues speak justice.
The law of their God is in their hearts;
    their steps do not slip.

The wicked watch for the righteous,
    and seek to kill them.
The Lord will not abandon them to their power,
    or let them be condemned when they are brought to trial.

Wait for the Lord, and keep to his way,
    and he will exalt you to inherit the land;
    you will look on the destruction of the wicked.

I have seen the wicked oppressing,
    and towering like a cedar of Lebanon.
Again I passed by, and they were no more;
    though I sought them, they could not be found.

Mark the blameless, and behold the upright,
    for there is posterity for the peaceable.
But transgressors shall be altogether destroyed;
    the posterity of the wicked shall be cut off.

The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord;
    he is their refuge in the time of trouble.
The Lord helps them and rescues them;
    he rescues them from the wicked, and saves them,
    because they take refuge in him (NRSV).

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